Benfica vs Famalicao Predictions

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Benfica -2

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Tip Reasoning

  • Benfica have won Portugal premier Domestic knockout cup twice since 2014.
  • Since 2018, Benfica have won nine of their ten matches in this competition.
  • This will be just the second ever renewal of this fixture. When the pair met back in late 2019, Benfica won by four goals to nil at this venue.

Benfica flying

Ahead of a cup semi-final, good form is always desirable, and Tuesday’s could not be in better form. Benfica come into this match in fine form having won each of their last six matches in all competitions, while they haven’t tasted defeat in any format since losing to Lyon in the Champions League back in the first week of November. Domestically, they’re unbeaten in 20 matches.

Home is certainly where the heart is for Bruno Lage’s men, who’ve won each of their last 11 matches at Estádio da Luz. One of those matches saw Tuesday’s hosts beat Famalicao by four goals to nil. Interestingly, Benfica have scored more than three goals in three of their last nine at home, while they’ve notched more than twice in six of those nine, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

Top two a problem for visitors

If getting into the Primeira Liga for the first time in their history wasn’t enough, Famalicao, who’ve spent most of their existence in the second tier of Portuguese football, are bidding to reach the Taça de Portugal final for the first time.

Overall, Tuesday’s visitors, who’re certainly underdogs, have done an excellent job of adjusting to life at the top of the Portuguese footballing pyramid. They’re currently sat in a lofty 5th position, just three points shy of the Europa League places.

However, despite their relative success, Famalicao are up against it. They’ve done well this term, but they’ve struggled against the top two. They were beaten 3-0 by Porto, while when they visited this venue six week ago, they were thrashed by four goals to nil. Such form does not bode well ahead of Tuesday’s big game.

Easy night for the hosts

Those looking to get involved in this fixture are pointed in the direction of ‘Benfica -2 Handicap’. The 2017 winners of this competition made light work of beating Famalicao at this venue in December, winning by four goals to nil, while the visitors also struggled to go with the pace when facing the other half of Portugal’s runway pair, losing by three goals to nil away against Porto. In those two matches, Tuesday’s visitors conceded a whopping 34 shots. Another high-scoring win for the hosts, who’ve scored 14 in their last five at home, appears to be on the cards.

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